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Ken's Wantan Mee Places in Penang

Wantan mee, the Hong Kong people will have theirs in clear broth, served with pork dumplings but the locals like theirs drenched in sweet-savoury dark soy sauce and pork lard with char siew or barbecued pork and pork dumplings. Then served with pickled chilies or tongue-burning sambal or chilli paste. Every local Penangite has his or her own favourite wantan mee places but these are a few of mine:

Tai Wah Coffee House
Address:
86 Argyll Road, 10050, George Town, Penang
Opening hours:
Wed - Mon, 7am - 11.30am

One of the oldest establishments in Penang, the wantan mee here is said to have preserved the flavours of the yesteryears. The thin noodles will be given a quick blanch, giving an al-dente texture. Unlike the normal wantan mee that you can find elsewhere, theirs come with a touch of home-made gooey-starchy sauce that gives the entire dish a 'oomph'. The highlights of their wantan mee is a generous helping of lard and homemade chilli paste.

Roadside Stall along Chulia Street
Address:
Chulia Street, 10200, George Town, Penang
Opening hours:
Tues - Sun, 6.30pm - 12am

This humble roadside stall along Chulia Street has gained a lot of attention and fame all over the cyber world recently but they are not famous for nothing. Similarly to Tai Wah’s, this stall serves wantan mee in quite a similar way: al-dente thin noodles drenched in sweet-savoury sauce topped with plenty of fried pork lard but minus the gooey starch. The noodles are great on its own but even better with some pickled chillies for the extra acidic tinge and gentle spicy kick.



Teo Chew and Canton Food Delights
Address:
18 Lebuh Kurau 3, Taman Chai Leng, 13700 Perai, Penang
Opening hours:
Mon - Sun, 8.30am - 9pm

Talk about wantan mee at Chai Leng Park, well, the local folk will likely recommend an outsider this place. And it won't be because of their wantan mee is mind-blowingly good but the fact that they serve a wide variety of lip-smacking side dishes to go with the noodles. Deboned chicken served with oyster sauce, roasted pork, roasted duck and prawn dumplings are some of their specialties.

Apollow Coffee House
Address:
Apollo Market, along Jalan Raja Uda, 13400, Butterworth, Penang
Opening hours:
Mon - Sun, 7am - 12pm

One of the largest wet markets in Penang, Apollo Market has many hidden gems await you. One of my favourites will be this unassuming stall housed inside Apollo Coffee House. The wantan mee is unique and somewhat different than the conventional ones. A hybrid of wantan and pan noodles, theirs are best enjoyed with their homemade sweet chilli paste. Don’t miss their jawa mee too.

Kapin Coffee Shop 
Address:
610Q Jalan Air Itam, 11500, Air Itam, Penang
Sat and Sun, 8am - 11am

Unlike the normal wantan mee, the Jook-Sing noodles are tossed in a light-soya sauce instead of dark soya sauce. The noodles are thin and definitely springy and al-dente. For a more soupy experience, go for an extra order of their prawn dumplings that come with a delicately sweet seafood broth. This set of wanton mee with dumplings will complete your morning. 



Teo Chew and Canton Food Delights
Address:
18 Lebuh Kurau 3, Taman Chai Leng, 13700 Perai, Penang
Opening hours:
Mon - Sun, 8.30am - 9pm

Ken Tho is a food blogger from Penang and has a hunger for all things edible. More on what he's been eating lately can be found at kenhuntfood.com